how to :: instant vignette and film burn

August 20, 2013

hi there, it's been a long time since I've talked about photography, and it perks me up despite the gloomy weather condition here. (thanks for all your good thoughts and prayers! the storm has passed and we're trying our best to donate to the needy now) so today, as you can see from the title, I just want to show you a quick trick the next time you feel like making your photo a bit fancier.

so I discovered this while playing with my camera, and I think it's best to use one with a wider zoom range than your ordinary kit lens. what you want to do is zoom to any object (best if there's a bit of bokeh in the background like the 3rd picture above). once you've done that, you just cup your left hand right in front of your lens, and it would have this sort of fish-eye look depending on the zoom/subject in focus. So you can play around with the lighting of the sun and have a red film burn on the side! 

now, it all depends on how you're placing your hand. you can do a more circular approach, or just a little on the side. I found this really fun and ended up playing around with it to see which looks best with the photo. hope this helped you a bit, and have fun experimenting! have a happy week to you all :-)

p.s. the rules of capitalization are so unfair to the words in the middle of a sentence.
p.p.s. i heard summer is over. what a bummer.

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  1. wowzers, jianine! i love these photos; so beautiful... and this technique is 100% awesome. now i can't wait to go outside and try it out. ;) lovely, dear!


  2. Beautiful photos Jianine! So sorry for those families that have lost their homes. I will be praying for them. ♥

  3. summer isn't over for another month, these people who keep saying it are summer pessimists! P.S. Loving the look of these photos

    A Golden State of Mind

  4. "the rules of capitalization are so unfair to the words in the middle of a sentence"

    *heavy breathing because I understand that reference and even though this tutorial was awesome I can't stop reliving Paper Towns*